Monday, December 1, 2014

Be Merry: Painted Sign Tutorial: 12 Days of Christmas



Welcome to Almond Place!  I am so excited for these next 12 days!  Each day, for the next 12 days, I will be featuring one of my favorite things...usually something from an Etsy shop.  I'll be filling you in on the owner a little bit and you can enter the giveaway on Instagram. All you have to do is leave a comment with your name and general location on Instagram on the item/day you'd like to win and I will pick one winner from each day.  The Winner will be announced the following morning.  All packages will be mailed out by Dec. 13th.  

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Today's post is also part of the #Countdown2Xmas party where you can find a new post dedicated to Christmas each day this December.  Be on the lookout on Twitter and Facebook for all of the upcoming posts from many other fantastic bloggers!

I have been wanting to figure out how to make my own hand painted signs for a while now. I've been eyeing several of them on Etsy knowing that with a little bit of practice and effort, I could totally figure many of those out on my own.

I had an idea for a simple "Be Merry" sign in cranberry red with white letters.

Supplies needed: 

Small Board, Paint roller, Acrylic Paint, Paint Pen, Sand Paper, Transfer Paper, Rag, Finishing Spray

I began by lightly sanding, then wiping down my board.  This board actually came kind of scuffed up and while I knew most of it would be taken care of with the paint, I really wanted a nice smooth surface to work on.

Next, I painted the sign in this pretty maroon/burgundy color.  I just rolled it on with the roller.  Since I knew I was going to distress it later, I didn't worry about being precise or even covering every single corner very well.  This control freak even let the two year old chime in on this painting party!

Once that coat dried, I lightly sanded and wiped it again to make sure it was really smooth.

I then printed out my words for the sign.  Cut them down to size a little and taped them onto the transfer paper.  I also taped the transfer paper directly onto the sign so it wouldn't move around when I outlined the words.  I took a fine tipped pen and traced all around. I made sure to get all of the edges so I would know what needed to be filled in and what needed to have a finer line.


When you remove the transfer paper, you are left with faint white lines that you simply paint over!  No need to worry if more of the transfer chalk ended up rubbing off, it wipes off or you can erase it!


Then comes the fun part!  I originally used a paint brush for my first sign but I didn't like how it turned out....I'm not steady enough, or fluid enough with the brush to make it look as good as I wanted it to look.  Enter, the Paint Pen.  I simply painted the traced outline with the pen.  I went over a few spots twice but for the most part, this was a "one and done" step.




Next, I distressed the entire sign by sanding it down again.  This helps even out any paint I might have had an excess of as well as helps cover up any little mistakes I might want gone.




I made an antique wash from a tiny glob of brown acrylic paint mixed with water and applied this all over to the sign with the brush.  I was generous in my application and used my rag to remove the excess.  I loved seeing the whole sign transform with this stain! I just kept applying and rubbing off until I got it the way I wanted.





This is what it looked like the very second I finished it.

I took it outside after it was dry to the touch and sprayed it down with the glossy finishing spray I had.

I really LOVE how it turned out and I'm thrilled at how easy it was to make!



Here is the overall finished product!




Winner: @eiserman.jen

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28 comments:

  1. That trace it paper is awesome! This sign looks great!

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    1. The trace paper is what makes it so easy to use whatever font you want! Thanks for stopping by, Becky!

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    1. Thanks, Lauren! It was so easy to make!

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  3. These signs are so pretty! I wish I was this crafty!

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    1. Thanks, Selbe! Hope you'll hop over to Instagram for a chance to win :-)

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  4. Your step-by-step instructions make it look easy. And this coming from a non-crafter! A good post and the finished product looks great! -a fellow #CountdownToChristmas-er

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Traci! It really is super easy...give it a try! Be sure to enter on Instagram for a chance to win :-)

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  5. I've never heard of paint pens before -- I'll have to look for them! I love the way this sign turned out :-)

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    1. The pens and the transfer paper are what make this project so easy! I don't have great control with a brush but the pen? Super easy! Head on over to Instagram for a chance to win!

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  6. Wow! You make it look so easy! I think I could pull off something like that. It's really pretty!

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    1. Thanks, Tricia! You can totally make this!

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  7. Wow!! How easy is that! I will have to try it this season. :) So beautiful!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Meagan! It really is THAT easy! Be sure to head on over to Instagram for a chance to win!

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  8. ahhh I absolutely LOVE THIS!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Alexis! Be sure to stop by Instagram for a chance to win!

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  9. I love your sign, it came out so beautiful! Loving Countdown2Xmas, so fun!!!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! I'm so excited for #countdown2xmas! Can't wait to see what everyone else has to post! Stop by Instagram for a chance to win the sign!

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  10. This is adorable! I love it! The wording is done so nicely!

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    1. Thanks, Keri! Glad you entered on IG :-)

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  11. Looks great!! Wish I was that crafty :)

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    1. Christine, this was so easy to do! Give it a try! Hop on over to IG to enter the giveaway!

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  12. This is amazing! I'm so glad that you showed how to do it without cutting vinyl out. It turned out awesome!

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  13. this is such a cute idea! and easily applicable to pretty painted signs year round! so excited for #countdown2xmas!

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  14. Love this sign! Great tip about the paint pen. I can see a paint brush would be challenging but the paint pen did a great job!

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  15. Wow- this sign looks spectacular! I need to get some transfer paper this weekend and try this craft... I am hoping that it will turn out half as fabulous as yours-thanks for sharing!

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  16. Why do I love words on wood projects so very much?!

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  17. Love how your sign turned out! I haven't had a lot of luck with paint pens, but you make me want to give it ago again! Thanks for sharing at our Get Your DIY On party! Hope to see you January 4th...it's all about organization! Merry Christmas! XO

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